INFORMATION TRANSFER STANDARDS
SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT CORP SANTA MONICA CA SANTA MONICA
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The study is concerned with message description problems in intersystem communication. Involved is a search for a standard higher order language governing information transfer. A meta-descriptive approach is adopted. The concept of a standard representation language, the ARIADNE language, is introduced and developed. The requirements for this language are presented. The novelty of the approach and the recommended language resides in the requirement that intersystem messages be described at two levels of discourse, with only the higher-order level being in standard form. The difficulties involved in constructing the language, especially with respect to the implementation of a synonym- and homonym-resolving capability are offset by the advantages to be gained from adopting a meta-descriptive approach to the information transfer standards issue.